Our last post explained why and how we selected our bug out trailer and tow vehicle. In this post I’ll attempt to describe how we chose and installed the necessary equipment we needed to hitch the two vehicles safely together.
I’ve included some links and videos in this post that I considered to be invaluable for this portion of our project. The hitch that is linked below is absolutely one of the best values that I have ever encountered. And the video embedded below explains things 1000 times better than I ever could in just words.
We had an RV with a base weight of 3900 lbs and a 1/2 ton Suburban tow vehicle rated for 8000 lbs gross trailer weight. I estimated the trailer tongue weight at 400-500 lbs and knew that the Suburban would most likely “sag” when the trailer was hitched to it. Knowing that the truck’s highway steering could suffer as a result, I opted to find a weight distribution hitch.
So the search was on. Craigslist was the first option but we had no luck finding a bargain there so Amazon was our next choice. That’s where we found the EAZ-Lift weight distribution hitch kit linked below and the price was incredible! The kit included the ball and ball mount, spring bars and mounts plus a complete stabilizer kit.
Setting this hitch up is not as hard as it looks. I would definitely say that the initial setup should not be done in a hurry. It took a couple hours to round up the tools and try different ball mount heights and angles before everything was proper. Trying to make the required adjustments under stress or while an evacuation is underway would be almost impossible. The video below shows how to set-up a similar hitch properly. There are a couple differences between the EAZ-Lift and the CURT hitches but I found this video to be very well produced and the most helpful guide to supplement the written instructions provided with EAZ-lift hitch.
After a couple practice runs of coupling and decoupling the trailer, it now only takes a few minutes to hook up to or disconnect from the trailer. You can see below that the Suburban is riding at the factory height with the trailer connected. The trailer tows beautifully with this arrangement. When the holding tanks are empty, it’s hard to tell that the RV is even attached.